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Title:
The Middle Ages
Author:
Corbishley, Mike.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Facts on File, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
96 pages ; 30 cm.
Summary:
Maps, charts, illustrations, and text explore the history and culture of the Middle Ages.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816019731
Format :
Book

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Part of a series of historical atlases designed for the young reader, this introduction to the political and cultural history of medieval Europe features special sections on King Arthur, the Byzantine Empire, the Vikings, and the Crusades.


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School Library Journal Review

An outstanding introduction. Corbishley begins with an overview of medieval Europe, its history and culture, covering movements of the barbarians, the Crusades, and the empires of the era. He adds many interesting sidebars, such as those on the Bayeux Tapestry and stained-glass window making, which help to humanize the history and make it more accessible to readers. The second part of the book covers each region of Europe, giving a summary of its geography (including a map of the region), an overview of the history during the Middle Ages, and concluding with issues that arose during the period. For example, the chapter on Spain and Portugal covers the march of Islam across the Iberian Peninsula, then follows up with sections on map-making and on pilgrimages taken to northern Spain. Corbishley gives fair and equal coverage to all areas of medieval Europe, including Russia and Scandinavia, which some books omit. The maps are excellent, precise, clear, and easy to read and understand, and the illustrations, particularly those of works of art, are wonderful. While the organization may confound some researchers and the treatment of individual topics is hardly in-depth, this attractive volume provides an intriguing cross-cultural look at the medieval world. An excellent addition. --Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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The Middle Ages, Third Edition explores the fascinating period of European history known as the medieval era, the period from the decline of the Roman Empire ca. 350 CE to the opening of the Americas in the late 15th century. State-of-the art maps, authentic documents, and breathtaking works of art enhance the text and reconstruct life at all levels of society at the time. The first section focuses on the important empires and events that defined the Middle Ages, such as the barbarian movements, the empire of Justinian, Viking expansion, the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the German Empire, and the medieval church. The second part offers an examination of the individual countries that still make up Europe today, such as France, Italy, the British Isles, Spain and Portugal, Germany, Russia, and Poland. The Middle Ages, Third Edition is a resourceful learning guide that takes readers on an enthralling journey through the medieval past. Excerpted from The Middle Ages by Mike Corbishley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.